Definitions for osteomalaciaˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
os•te•o•ma•la•ciaˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə(n.)
a condition characterized by softening of the bones with resultant pain, weakness, and bone fragility.
Origin of osteomalacia:
abnormal softening of bones caused by deficiencies of phosphorus or calcium or vitamin D
A softening of adult bones due to inadequate mineralization; the adult equivalent of rickets
Osteomalacia is the softening of the bones caused by defective bone mineralization secondary to inadequate amounts of available phosphorus and calcium, or because of overactive resorption of calcium from the bone as a result of hyperparathyroidism. Osteomalacia in children is known as rickets, and because of this, use of the term osteomalacia is often restricted to the milder, adult form of the disease. It may show signs as diffuse body pains, muscle weakness, and fragility of the bones. The most common cause of the disease is a deficiency in vitamin D, which is normally obtained from the diet and/or from sunlight exposure.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A condition marked by softening of the bones (due to impaired mineralization, with excess accumulation of osteoid), with pain, tenderness, muscular weakness, anorexia, and loss of weight, resulting from deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. (Dorland, 27th ed)
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